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an expert on the economy climate change or foreign policy i'm also not an expert on sustainable farming systems the history of social movements or lego's the occupy movement has experts on all those things and more not really want to. marry her husband father of two fantastic children i live on a main street in a small new england town with actual white picket fences i made this movie for you me and everyone we know in the hope that we can create a world where human need comes before corporate greed so why does it feel almost un-american to say that i think about it this way just go with me for a second here you know that scene from the oliver stone film wall street when gordon gekko played by michael douglas in a role that would win him an oscar appears at a shareholders meeting of a company or paper to defend his actions and his grotesque worldview and delivers the now famous speech where he says. for lack of better word is good. we just write. works. creek. and can't.
get a leash. well not the state tells us that other malfunctioning of the. body and says flipped out they cheered everybody in the eighty's wanted to be gordon gekko but the thing is this all over stone road is a piece of satire but nobody got it just the opposite all over stone was trying to send up the excesses of the reagan era michael douglas's portrayal helped inspire a whole generation of slicked back hair doos in double breasted suits adopting the greed is good ethos and pursuing the american dream as it had come to be defined now delivers a pretty well for a very few reigning poverty and misery down on many and serving as a homicidal force for others because people do in. back to die for lack of access
to health care in the richest country in the world that's the us of a human consumption is in fact accelerating the destruction of our planet people do in fact die in wars waged based on lies that profit the precious view over five million children globally each year do not reach their fifth birthday because they die of starvation all of this is not because the system that puts man on the moon or can squeeze an entire library onto computer chip the size of a thumbnail has failed to find a way to solve these problems rather our system without apology places corporate greed. and greed take back the popular phrase is not good now the question many within the occupy movement are trying to solve is this one what would world look like that had a culture and an economic system the place is human need above corporate greed and how do we bring that world into being cares what it is call call it socialism call
it real democracy now call it chunky monkey cherry garcia the world needs to change radically needs to change dramatically and it needs to change fast this documentary is an invitation for you to participate in that positive change frankly because we need you yes you. can so bad. it's a very well to vibe it makes it problems you just saw all the money in one place. so i got you is going to money is doing it for people. there will. be four million
yes six who want to hear. the wealth of thirty percent of american families one percent of the wealth of ninety five percent of americans so now that we've identified the problem broadly speaking what do you think the solution is raise your hand if you think the way our representative democracy currently functions bought and sold as it is by wall street and super pacs offers a bright ray of hope forward anyone to the very same power anyone politicians know if they set about spending their competitor they're going to when they're when the election ninety four percent time. so. they have no fear of the american people they fear the people who are going to fund their campaigns right so that means that you me and just about everyone we know has very little say over who represents us and little to no influence over them once they get into office for a process is rigged to throw an enormous amount of money behind candidates in the two major parties and consequently choosing the lesser of two evils is something
americans have done with a fatalistic shrug of the shoulders for far too long to say the u.s. government currently functions of foreign by the people would be a funny joke if the joke were not on you mean almost everyone we know imagine a world in which your single voice carried as much weight as the c.e.o. of goldman sachs and you're starting to imagine the world that the occupy movement is trying to bring into being we know always going to greet us not about unanimity we don't be like that duke ellington jazz orchestra. everybody got their own voice and even duke is not the conductor he just won the money but he did gonzalez he did it. johnny and i just yes that's democracy in action at the deepest level experiencing the horizontal community and culture and organization. so radicalizing for people and continues to be so radicalized because it draws such a stark contrast up. against what they're fighting and actually in their minds
clarifies what they're up against more than somebody. more than it would be clarified if somebody got up and tried to clarify it for thanks to occupy wall street there's a lot of new ways of organizing which is not just calling people to participate in something you came up with but giving people the opportunity to create themselves and to be part of a regional brainstorming about what to do so there's a feel empowered and it's it's also i think. finally put the kybosh on let's organize a rally on a saturday in washington d.c. when everything is closed and people come from around the country and spend a lot of money to walk around in a circle and come home to see. what .
thank. you both. of. you aviv thanks that was to you. he was. very much it was or was it was a he was observed to to thank you want to do you want me to forgive. five thirty in the morning was a comedy on most mornings early in the occupy wall street movement there would only be about fifty maybe two hundred or so occupying the space but at five thirty in
the morning on the morning of october fourteenth two thousand and eleven several thousand people were gathered there wide awake why because mayor mike bloomberg had declared that his own personal army his words the n.y.p.d. constituting the seventh largest army in the world when he dicked occupy wall street and these thousands were there not just in solidarity they were there armed with an idea some cardboard signs in an urgency to protect the young movement and many of them were prepared to go to jail trying to fill the space i had already gone to jail once since all of this started as an organizer with the october two thousand and eleven coalition i had been in washington d.c. in the early days of the movement and you can see me here after suggesting repeatedly i admit inside the hart senate office building that we find other uses for the money we lavish on our homicidal bull geo political china shop and the foreign policy i was given to do not pass go go directly to jail card and in
a few days i would be arrested again this time for protesting corporate personhood on the steps of the supreme court had a bear witness let me get it would occupy movement all around the world because we love war people we are working people and. that jane joined us from the grave that we have the fact that it was an. occupy d.c. the occupy wall street occupy supreme court it's not everywhere in my willingness to go to jail for the movement though i was hardly unique and with the thousands that were in zuccotti on the morning of october fourteenth it seemed that you're about to eclipse the previous one day record total of seven hundred protesters arrested on the brooklyn bridge what was it that brought all of those people to music cotty that it may not be. a revolution in the traditional sense but this is a revolution of the. people losing any it's not going to be stuff like holy spirit cajun pepper spraying please everybody was like oh please the more you do it like.
in the first six months of the movie about seven thousand people have been arrested in occupy related protests for things like why all the fuss. and why in the predawn hours on that friday in october were so many prepared to go to jail. i i i i i think i've. i've. we were supposed to get cleaned out of the park we swept the show up park and then we took brooms and we took them to the to wall street to co-create up all street i think most of the problems but the self is in the offices so we can get to it but we did a little victory lap and the police brutalized the sorrowful people like you know they do that they have done that for trying to twenty five years in this country during that years nonviolent confrontations with the police whether they be in
asserting one's first amendment rights to assemble uncommented spontaneous marches in the streets can be incredibly empowering movement building experience an antidote to the years of disempowering and williams free speech zone when it comes to be the most and yet civil resistance is but one part one tactic of the movement if you only saw the early stages of the occupy movement through the lens of the mainstream media you might think the movement was solely about clashes with the police i'm. wealthy british style. spare time. markets why not. come to. find out what's really happening to the global economy
with max cause or for a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines tune into cars a report on our. morning news today violence is once again flared up for the full these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. giant corporations are all today. if. russia would be soon which brightened a few more about someone from funniest impressions.
i am like you. guys in there are inherent in our civilians to get excited when you see that if i was your company i thought that. people that had nothing to do with anything sprang up and there's no honor in. my pov that everybody who has served in iraq anything like a look at. bottling it up and the mother didn't get our back country to come home i'm in new york city my opinion your city and it. will be defeated and there's no bridge there's no honor and i don't see a million. was. i was i was i am you. can say i can't sleep. really is retiring ok let's just be honest
here for a moment for some people this is and justifiably so a battle about a police state since one nine hundred eighty the number of people in prison per capita in the united states has more than tripled we now in prison a greater percentage of our population than any other country in the world in fact the united states is only five percent of the world population has twenty five percent of the world's prison population in the u.s. one in every one hundred six white males aged eighteen or over is incarcerated for hispanic males that number is one in thirty six and one in fifteen black males over eighteen is currently in jail. between one thousand nine hundred seven and two thousand and seven state spending on incarceration related expenses increased one hundred twenty seven percent while spending on higher education during that same period rose a mere twenty percent is it that much more profitable jail or population then it is
to educate and. i think that's a great reason to understand their head lock arms now you know why take me to you know if you want to continue to do this i read about it joe you know watch you continue to tell my brother my sister my mom's going to body else that looks like me and i read and think it should be a scary thing not just for those oh you know people of color are minority but out of us not that we have to live in a society like that. ok so depending on your geographic location your everyday reality may reflect the police state we live in two larger or smaller degrees but at least you have your health right at least you have your home. already made it was your shoes like that which you're so far as your question. of every two thousand werner lariam profiting no matter what you're. going to rebuy action taking place right now. my camera right.
thank you you're welcome pal sometimes demanding change on a large scale has to start with small groups of individuals saying enough is enough like this group of individuals in western massachusetts who gathered in an attempt to stop bank of america from executing yet another foreclosure auction. the fact is it's. five back to. a lack of government regulations gave banks enough rope to operate like cowboys in the wild west and they responded by lassoing homeowners with these predatory lending practices when the housing bubble burst bank of america got bailed out and those with underwater mortgages were sold out so that c.e.o.'s like brian moynihan could collect the year end bonus of over nine million dollars a week lou with that they have enough money to pay for a reasonable war gauge at today's values so this is something that all of forrester can stand behind we believe that when folks have you know a home that they should be able to stay in that home and it's not like they're not
willing to pay this is the weirdest movement i've ever. yes yes. and sometimes demanding change in a large scale starts with even smaller groups dr margaret flowers is among the nation's leading advocates for true health care reform health care reform that would eliminate the for profit insurance companies and provide medicare for all individuals in the united states a former pediatrician and congressional fellow dr flowers worked within the system
for years after the farm passed i was traveling around the country and people kept saying well how are we going to get single payer i was speaking around you know very needs and and i stoli kind of came together like oh well unless you know as a as a woman even though we're in the majority of the population once a single payer system we're not going to be strong enough as a single issue. kind of movement to have that kind of political power and health care is really part of a broader social economic justice movement anyway and so we really need to come together bring our strengths together combine our strengths to have the power and so i notice in my talks i was starting to shift more into you know calling for a broader movement as a core organizer of the october two thousand and eleven coalition that occupied freedom plaza in washington d.c. dr flowers thought fit to attend as an uninvited guest a wall street comes to washington health care conference i crashed the party with
her i doubt they would let my big camera and so i had to shoot the video of this impromptu meeting with the real death panels on myself to get gawker that we need a national health care is. acceptable. practice because they can't provide one. was out i was. finally going to have a snow cave you are right of the year was frightening. just one of. three. days and join protesters picketing outside where a derose girl shared her story of why health care was literally a life and i say here because. for my father's work i was.
shocked at the head injuries. because i. didn't have enough money to pay for health care. and didn't want to pass. myself for sixty four years old this is a suicide ever. said anything to. anybody saying. better. call. blessed by god my daughter. understands that i had. that by my. father. her daughter. stand up not only for my father but for all those like.
you have passed. it is a. thing. ok oh ok. thank you think you know my mortgage is underwater and my health care costs are going through this here is america i'll just pull myself up by the bootstraps and get to work nose to the grindstone will solve all ills but be careful out there if you haven't noticed there is a war on workers well underway between one nine hundred eighty and two thousand and eight the average income of the bottom ninety percent remained effectively unchanged at thirty one thousand dollars per year in that same time span the average income of the top one percent went from four hundred thousand dollars to over one point one million dollars per year so much for trickle down economics in
one thousand nine hundred a c.e.o. made forty two times that of an average employee by two thousand and ten c. those were earning three hundred forty three times a worker's median wage and while the rich got richer they were paying less and less taxes in one nine hundred forty five millionaires get a tax rate of sixty six percent in two thousand and ten millionaires effective tax rate was thirty two percent your corporation things look even better bank of america holds over two point two trillion in assets and pays less in taxes than the average american household in two thousand and ten g.b. reported five point two billion dollars in profit and was awarded a tax refund three point two billion dollars citi group has not paid taxes in the last four years and yet in the wake of the financial crisis they are deemed too big to fail and received four hundred seventy six billion dollars in taxpayer bailout
money and goldman sachs has spent twenty two million dollars in campaign contributions and twenty one million dollars in lobbying. for this in the past decade and in two thousand and eight paid taxes had a rate. for a. one per cent that it actually was was. because of the two kind of wasn't. nearly i mean i. think i was. losing. thousand yes. but one percent got eighty one but that it got bigger than twenty five it is nothing nothing but repeat we've been working